Friday, January 22, 2010

CSH Music and Word Cloud

I almost forgot!

It’s my new tradition to post my soundtrack and wordle after completing a novel. Enjoy.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Circus Soul Heiress: Complete

Da da da!!! I clocked in roughly 3,000 words today so I could finish Circus Soul Heiress. My second novel is complete! Rough draft, yes, but it’s done! I’m ecstatic about it. I feel accomplished. It’s in dire need of revision, but IT’S DONE!

There are a few things I need to add with revision—namely description—but right now it doesn’t need the overhaul I’m dishing out to TOS as of tomorrow. (I’m sure my writing group will point out that I’m very, very wrong.) I knew CSH would be shorter than my first finished book, but it was a lot shorter than I had supposed, coming in at 91,000 words. (TOS finished at 169,000.) Revising will add some to it, but I’d rather have a book a little too short than a little too long. As I’ve learned from Brandon Sanderson, publishers don’t like printing gargantuan novels, especially for first-time publishees.

So, it’s finished. I’ll revise parts of it for class, but it won’t get a whole lot of my focus until after I rewrite TOS (which I plan to make shorter.) And I feel better about the ending of this book than the ending of TOS, which, at current, blows. (It will be MUCH better the second time around, promise.)

THE END (<--That’s what I got to write at the end of my book today!)

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sanderson's Class, Day 1

Man, was it packed.

By packed I mean there are 15 slots in the class and that room had upwards to fifty people in it. I almost didn’t get a seat! And I was surprised at how many people I knew there—friends, ward members, old classmates, even a couple of faces from CONduit.

And Sanderson is more charismatic than I thought he’d be. (While I linked this blog to the blog I have to use for that class, I’m sure he’ll be too busy to read this and discover that comment.) He was enjoyable to listen to. He had us divide into groups of five (enrolled separated from the auditors) and make Live Journal accounts on which to post our weekly word count.

I really like the enthusiasm of the class. I’m glad I have a class I can thoroughly enjoy—my others are going to be brutal, especially since two are capstone (hurray). I’m looking forward to next Thursday.

Been working on As Prescribed and my next novel idea is still on slow-cook in the back of my head. I also submitted a resume to Fusion-io, where I might work as a blog/ghost writer, should I get hired. Not actually sure on that one, ha.

(I’ve also gotten the recommendation to use single quotes for my unpublished works, which finally prompted me to look online to see what the official stance is. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find much. Maybe I should consult Chicago . . . ?)